Revisiting The Charlotte Bobcats Head Coach Candidates From Last Offseason

Jan 21, 2013; Memphis, TN, USA; Patrick Ewing talks to Indiana Pacers assistant head coach Brian Shaw prior to the game against the Memphis Grizzlies at the FedEx Forum. Indiana defeated Memphis 82-81. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Because the Mike Dunlap Era in Charlotte lasted just a year, it’s likely that the Bobcats will revisit the candidates they interviewed last offseason to become their head coach.

Cleveland Cavaliers asssistant Nate Tibbetts interviewed with the team last year and is expected to be interview again for the job.

There’s been rumors that former Los Angeles Lakers assistant Quin Snyder could also get another look. Tibbetts and Snyder are just two of the confirmed names that were in the mix for the Bobcats gig last offseason.

Here are the remaining names that were considered. Each bullet contains a link to the news brief that mentioned their interview:

  • Brian Shaw, Indiana Pacers assistant: Shaw was reportedly offered the job but declined because he didn’t want to be a lame duck head coach. Shaw was once considered a favorite to coach the Lakers after Phil Jackson retired.
  • Jerry Sloan, former Utah Jazz head coach: Sloan was the most prominent name interviewed by the Bobcats last offseason. He reportedly took his name out of the sweepstakes and there’s no word on whether he would consider interviewing again.
  • Patrick Ewing, former Orlando Magic assistant: Ewing’s made stops in Houston and Orlando as an assistant and has received good reviews, particularly for his work with big men. Ewing has worked with Yao Ming and Dwight Howard. Last offseason, some reports had Ewing as the frontrunner for the Bobcats job.
  • Nate McMillan, former Portland Trail Blazers head coach: McMillan was a good candidate for the job last offseason. McMillan has had good runs in Seattle and Portland, and is known for improving defenses. So far it isn’t known if the Bobcats have additional interest in him, but he would make sense to consider.
  • Michael Malone, Golden State Warriors assistant: Malone is considered one of the top assistants in the game. He’s gained a lot of credit for helping launch the Warriors back into the postseason under Mark Jackson. With so many vacancies, Malone will probably be a hot commodity, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Bobcats bring him back for another interview.
  • Stephen Silas, former Bobcats assistant: Silas was on the bench under his father Paul Silas during the infamous 7-59 season with the Bobcats. It would be a shock if there was interest in Silas.
  • David Joerger, Memphis Grizzlies assistant: Memphis’ head coach Lionel Hollins believes Joerger is ready to be a head coach. Joerger has never a head coach in the NBA, but is believed to be good at player development. Not much was known from his interview, so it’s a bit skeptic as to whether he’d be re-considered.

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